A Student of History

October 1, 2006

“A gross act of cultural vandalism”

Filed under: Historic Preservation,Ireland — John Maass @ 12:38 pm

That is what sculptor Maurice Harron has termed the restoration work at Griannan Fort, in Co. Donegal, Ireland (pictured below). He says that, as a result of the ongoing renovation works, the historic monument has dramatically changed shape.  The restoration work, he insists, should stop immediately and expert stone masons brought in to “try to undo the damage already done.”  

 

Harron is quite upset with the OPW project. He states

“Can you imagine, for example, if France’s Office of Public Works decided to renovate Chartres Cathedral – you can just hear them: ‘we can get rid of the oul stained glass windows and put in some nice double-glazed windows and we can take down some of that stone work and put up concrete walls and some handy stud walls in the interior!’ I don’t think so.”

 

Above is an aerial view of the fort.

For more on the controversy, click here.

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